Tuesday, July 16, 2019

July 18: a sick computer

Computers make me cry. I had a July 16 edition of my blog. It was on the screen. I published it . It appeared as my blog.

The next day it was gone. I begged it. I hit it. It just laughed.
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https://www.rt.com/news/464461-iran-seizes-foreign-vessel/?utm_source=browser&utm_medium=push_notifications&utm_campaign=push_notifications

Can you trust Russia Times? Well, you can trust it not to lie. It may leave out parts that make Russia look bad -  But otherwise, it's quite honest.Trump is drifting into a terrible war.
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https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/jul/16/july-on-course-to-be-hottest-month-ever-say-climate-scientists

Nah. It ain't happenin'.
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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jul/18/climate-crisis-extremely-hot-days-could-double-us-study
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 I  had an interesting note from my nephew.Here it is.......

There are 2 interesting things happening in the financial world. Deutsche Bank is falling apart, and the oil shale boom is ending in Texas and North Dakota. Apparently the drillers have been losing money for years and the banks are finally turning off the taps. This gets no attention at all in the press. 
American oil production hit a low of less than 5 million barrels per day in 2008 and has risen to 12 million barrels per day since then-an astonishing rise. I never would have thought it was possible. Unfortunately the drillers lose money on almost every barrel so it’s a funny situation. 
Oil production at this level is ridiculous. It can only end in calamity and it seems to be hitting a speed bump now. Obviously the republicans know this. I wonder if one of the reasons for belligerent activity in the Middle East is to try and keep oil prices higher to please producers in USA?
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I don't entirely agree with it. (never entirely agree with nephews. It makes them uppity.) I don't agree with the final sentence. But the  lust for cheaper oil to be had from Venezuela and Iran  could well explain the sudden persecution of these countries. And the resort to starvation in both cases.
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https://www.cbc.ca/news/opinion/trump-tweets-1.5214229

Let's see now - if you disagree with the government, you don't like living in the U.S. So you should go back to where you come from.    Right? Well, let's think about that. Every American president since George Washington has disliked the government before him. That's why all those guys ran for election. Women  suffragists didn't like not to have a vote , so they complained.
Oh, and Donald Trump didn't like the U.S. Isn't that why he ran for election. Indeed, isn't dissatisfaction the reason we have democracies and elections?

Well, this won't change the minds of the southern evangelicals who support Trump.
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https://www.thespec.com/opinion-story/9509028-u-s-ready-to-abandon-afghanistan-gwynne-dyer/
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https://countercurrents.org/2019/07/who-killed-oscar-and-valeria-the-inconvenient-history-of-the-refugee-crisis
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https://thetyee.ca/News/2019/07/16/Leah-Gazan-NDP-Candidate/
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And now, more computer grief. Whenever  I enter the title of an item I want to send, the computer switches my entry. It becomes a long, long title which announces that the site I have requested doesn't exist. And if I persist, the screen offers a message that there is no such site.

The cost me a very good report on Canadian political party attitudes to the idea of climate change. Not surprisingly, the Liberals, Greens and NDP members take it very seriously. For Conservatives,  the percentage believing this is a threat is 6%.

Anyway, I shall be going to see my computer repair man. - and hope to be back in action on Friday.

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Saturday, July 13, 2019

July 13: Dreadful

About 1900, Canadian troops were fighting a British war in South Africa. (The enemies were Dutch settlers called Boers. Much of the Canadian role was to guard Dutch families in prison camps where thousands men, women and children died.

But why on earth were Canadians there in the first place? Because the British asked them to be there? Well, yes, but Canada was not under any obligation to fight imperial wars.And this war had nothing to do with Canada. This was purely a British war. And,, worse, it was a war not to help anybody, but to steal the gold mines of South Africa for the benefit of a small number of British capitalists.

It even had nothing to do with the British people as it was the rich ones who got the gold. Most of of the rest got nothing but the filth and poverty they had been getting for centuries. So what did all this have to do with Canada?

Nothing.

So how do you induce people to go to war when that war is of no possible benefit to them?

You tell them they are doing it for their country. And exactly what the hell does that mean?

Nothing.

Oh, and they were also doing ti for their king? Well, there would be a bit of payoff for the royal salary. That hardly seems good reason to kill Dutch farmers. But it sounds. good. Another perennial favour is they did it for Canada - as in "O Canada...." Whatever that is supposed to mean.

In the end, 270 Canadians were killed. But that was good compared to the deaths in in the prison camps suffered some 28,000 deaths, most of them children.

All countries freely use the terms 'serving one's country', serving one's king. But they really don't mean a damn thing. Nazi soldiers at the death camps were, I suppose, serving their country. Or in an opposite sort of case, uprisings against the government could be serving their country.

These are really just terms that sound good, but mean nothing.

American soldiers today are assembling to "serve their country" in Iran. How is killing Iranians and stealing their oil "serving our country". This is silly. All they are serving is American billionaires who are greedy for that oil.

I remember, when I was a kid, the big kids joining up  to fight in Korea. You know, serving their country - as they would later in Afghanistan and Libya - and perhaps as they will be in Iran. You know, they were serving their country - or possibly their king or queen. What nonsense!

The Korean War was  not fought to do anything for Canada. It was a war of the dictatorial south against the dictatorial north. It was a war the U.S. government wanted us all in - because it was looking to use that region for a war against China. What did that have to do with serving the Canadian people? And so we fought in Afghanistan and Libya, dying to serve  U.S. billionaires who wanted to get richer by killing foreigners. But this had nothing to do with serving the Canadian people.(I knew some of the kids in that war. None of them had any idea what it was about. I remember watching one, an old friend from my early childhood as he died my years later from "serving his country" after years of suffering from his wounds.

And so it was for those who served in Libya and Afghanistan and perhaps to serve in Iran.  And people like Donald Trump who offered their services to anything but themselves will cheer those we send to die.
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The reality of war is that almost all wars are fought by the rest of us to make billionaires richer. That's what serving the emperor or the king or the people is usually about. The Americans who want war with Iran have no intention of fighting it themselves. They want the rest of us to do that. They want us join in fighting their wars as we did for their father''s wars.

The billionaires want us to kill and be killed - for them, only for them. They want Iranians to die for not agreeing to give their land and resources to billionaires, who will, as they have done many times, promptly steal them and add to the plunder by ripping off the people of Iran.

This behaviour is as old as history. This was the history of Rome, of Egypt, of Spain, of Britain......It was always damaging for all but the wealthy classes. But we now live in a world that will take us the final step beyond this idiocy of slaughtering and calling it 'serving one's country"
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And a word for the Canadian Legion. You see yourselves as being there to protect and remember our veterans. And so you are there for that reason - you think.  Alas! From its start, The Legion has been an organization less interested in helping victims of yesterday, today and tomorrow as in helping out those who benefit from war.

When the Korean War broke out, when the U.S. stomped the halls of the UN to send troops, the Canadian Legion was a cheerleader. One could almost see the pom-poms. It should have been obvious that this was a war to benefit nobody but the wealthy. But not a peep out of the Legion.

So it was with Afghanistan. A child should have realized that this was a war that had nothing to do with Canada. (The Legion should be there to serve our military - not to slice up Canadians as the day's menu. The Legion should have given the government hell for sending Canadians to die in that war. But not a whimper.)

It is quite possible we shall come under pressure to take part in American attacks on Venezuela and Iran. It's quite obvious who such wars would be for. Not even for the American people, but for American billionaires.

The legion should be there to help veterans, to help our soldiers not to become cannot fodder  to people greedy capitalists. It is supposed to be on the side of our veterans. But it almost never has been.

This is not an attack on veterans. It is an attack on those in leadership of the legion.About 1900, Canadian troops were fighting a British war in South Africa. (The enemies were Dutch settlers called Boers. Much of the Canadian role was to guard Dutch families in prison camps where thousands men, women and children died.

But why on earth were Canadians there in the first place? Because the British asked them to be there? Well, yes, but Canada was not under any obligation to fight imperial wars.And this war had nothing to do with Canada. This was purely a British war. And,, worse, it was a war not to help anybody, but to steal the gold mines of South Africa for the benefit of a small number of British capitalists.

It even had nothing to do with the British people as it was the rich ones who got the gold. Most of of the rest got nothing but the filth and poverty they had been getting for centuries. So what did all this have to do with Canada?

Nothing.

So how do you induce people to go to war when that war is of no possible benefit to them?

You tell them they are doing it for their country. And exactly what the hell does that mean?

Nothing.

Oh, and they were also doing ti for their king? Well, there would be a bit of payoff for the royal salary. That hardly seems good reason to kill Dutch farmers. But it sounds. good. Another perennial favour is they did it for Canada - as in "O Canada...." Whatever that is supposed to mean.

In the end, 270 Canadians were killed. But that was good compared to the deaths in in the prison camps suffered some 28,000 deaths, most of them children.

All countries freely use the terms 'serving one's country', serving one's king. But they really don't mean a damn thing. Nazi soldiers at the death camps were, I suppose, serving their country. Or in an opposite sort of case, uprisings against the government could be serving their country.

These are really just terms that sound good, but mean nothing.

American soldiers today are assembling to "serve their country" in Iran. How is killing Iranians and stealing their oil "serving our country". This is silly. All they are serving is American billionaires who are greedy for that oil.

I remember, when I was a kid, the big kids joining up  to fight in Korea. You know, serving their country - as they would later in Afghanistan and Libya - and perhaps as they will be in Iran. You know, they were serving their country - or possibly their king or queen. What nonsense!

The Korean War was  not fought to do anything for Canada. It was a war of the dictatorial south against the dictatorial north. It was a war the U.S. government wanted us all in - because it was looking to use that region for a war against China. What did that have to do with serving the Canadian people? And so we fought in Afghanistan and Libya, dying to serve  U.S. billionaires who wanted to get richer by killing foreigners. But this had nothing to do with serving the Canadian people.(I knew some of the kids in that war. None of them had any idea what it was about. I remember watching one, an old friend from my early childhood as he died my years later from "serving his country" after years of suffering from his wounds.

And so it was for those who served in Libya and Afghanistan and perhaps to serve in Iran.  And people like Donald Trump who offered their services to anything but themselves will cheer those we send to die.
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The reality of war is that almost all wars are fought by the rest of us to make billionaires richer. That's what serving the emperor or the king or the people is usually about. The Americans who want war with Iran have no intention of fighting it themselves. They want the rest of us to do that. They want us join in fighting their wars as we did for their father''s wars.

The billionaires want us to kill and be killed - for them, only for them. They want Iranians to die for not agreeing to give their land and resources to billionaires, who will, as they have done many times, promptly steal them and add to the plunder by ripping off the people of Iran.

This behaviour is as old as history. This was the history of Rome, of Egypt, of Spain, of Britain......It was always damaging for all but the wealthy classes. But we now live in a world that will take us the final step beyond this idiocy of slaughtering and calling it 'serving one's country"
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And a word for the Canadian Legion. You see yourselves as being there to protect and remember our veterans. And so you are there for that reason - you think.  Alas! From its start, The Legion has been an organization less interested in helping victims of yesterday, today and tomorrow as in helping out those who benefit from war.

When the Korean War broke out, when the U.S. stomped the halls of the UN to send troops, the Canadian Legion was a cheerleader. One could almost see the pom-poms. It should have been obvious that this was a war to benefit nobody but the wealthy. But not a peep out of the Legion.

So it was with Afghanistan. A child should have realized that this was a war that had nothing to do with Canada. (The Legion should be there to serve our military - not to slice up Canadians as the day's menu. The Legion should have given the government hell for sending Canadians to die in that war. But not a whimper.)

It is quite possible we shall come under pressure to take part in American attacks on Venezuela and Iran. It's quite obvious who such wars would be for. Not even for the American people, but for American billionaires.

The legion should be there to help veterans, to help our soldiers not to become cannot fodder  to people greedy capitalists. It is supposed to be on the side of our veterans. But it almost never has been.

This is not an attack on veterans. Well, it is an attack on those in leadership of the legion.

Since 1945, the U.S. with occasional help from us. has murdered well over 20 million people in wars that had no purpose, and it has driven uncounted millions into poverty and chaos. These are Donald Trump's 'brave lads'. A very high number of their victims have, quite deliberately, been children. There is now every possibility Canada will be asked to help with the killing in Venezuela and Iran. In both cases, these will be wars of pure greed on the part of American capitalists.

As a footnote, these wars have gradually been making Canadians and Americans poorer as they serve only to enrich billionaires. Yes, it's true. Our standards  of living have been dropping.

Is this the world our veterans fought and died for in World War Two?

And our western billionaires, thanks to cockroaches like Ontario premier Ford, have been lining of public schools, universities, medical programmes,  to make it worse. They are creating a world in which everything exists only to make money for the already wealthy - and to keep the poor wretchedly poor.

Oh, and it it would seem to be the opinion of The Canadian Legion that we need to kill our children with oil.
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https://www.cbc.ca/news/refugees-asylum-seekers-canada-1.5210093

Are you impressed that Canadians lead the world in accepting refugees? You shouldn't be. The number we accept is in the thousands. The numbers fleeing the horrors our billionaires have created is in the tens of millions and more.
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https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/turkey-russia-us-nato-1.5209358

Isn't it awful the way some countries defend themselves? We would never do that? And the U.S.? It uses its military only for parades.
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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jul/13/demonstrators-and-police-clash-in-hong-kong
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https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jul/12/the-guardian-view-on-britain-and-iran-a-game-for-losers
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https://lfpress.com/opinion/columnists/dyer-bullied-by-the-u-s-iran-begins-slow-march-to-nuclear-weapons

Americans are allowed to have nuclear weapons. But that's because they're Christians.
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https://www.thetelegram.com/opinion/columnists/gwynne-dyer-the-real-refugee-problem-332301/

But climate change isn't happening. We know that because oil billionaires and their political servants (real smart people like Doug Ford and the Irvngs ) tell us that. (Mr. Ford finished high school. And Mr. Irving completed two years of university. So they know things.)
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https://www.thenation.com/article/oil-is-driving-the-iran-crisis/
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https://www.thenation.com/article/climate-change-refugees-open-borders/

In fact, our borders have not been open for the migrant crisis. We are letting people die - and it's going to get much, much worse.
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http://rabble.ca/columnists/2019/07/wheres-urgency-ndps-politics

This is the problem that I, too, have with the NDP.
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/07/13/despite-congress-providing-46-billion-additional-funding-border-pence-says

Hey, Mr. Pence. You are Vice-president. How could this all be the fault of the party that isn't even in power?
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/07/13/despite-congress-providing-46-billion-additional-funding-border-pence-says

Israeli Jews remind me unpleasantly of North American Christians - especially evengelicals.
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Interesting people, evangelical Christians. Interesting how they have translated the philosophy of Christian love into one of Christian hatred and even murder

https://consortiumnews.com/2019/07/11/evangelical-christians-risk-setting-middle-east-on-fire/

They give strong support to Trump. Perhaps someone can tell me what Christian values they see in Trump.
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https://countercurrents.org/2019/07/the-resigning-ambassador-sir-kim-darroch-on-donald-trump
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https://countercurrents.org/2019/07/billionaires-vanity-and-modern-democracy
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/51906.htm

Israel has, admittedly, been an unattractive state which has brutally treated its arab population and those in Palestine. Yes. Israel's behaviour has been wrong - and profoundly - well, unJewish. But before we get all self righteous about it, we should remember that we Christians are the ones who set up Israeli racism.

In world war 2 AND AFTER nobody wanted to help Europe's Jews. Canada, f or example, would not accept them before, during, or after World War Two. Ditto for the U.S., Britain and most of the western world. That's why European Jews stormed into Israel after 1945, disrupting a Palestine where Jews and Muslims had lived together in friendship for generations. The European Jews stormed into Palestine,,, abusing, killing Muslims on the way.

Those are the Jews WE created by our own anti-semitism. And they and we are the ones who destroyed traditional Jewish values. I detest most of the Israeli leadership we have seen.  But that leadership is not a product of Judaism. It's a product of Christian bigotry.
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_http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/51907.htm
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In two of my grad years in university, borrowed so much just to eat   (and little of it), I ran up enough debt to be paying it for ten years. At that, I was lucky because in my last three years of grad school I had scholarships. I now have threee children in university, and despite savings going back to their infancy, they will owe far, fare more than I ever did.

University is impossible for most working class kids. They can never get the benefit of more education  . It's just out of their life circle. They're down, and they stay down. They lose - and we lose what they could have been. University expenses are what keep down millions of children. They are what preserves a social structure that maintains a rigid hold on one's place in life. So it is that rich morons can drift into life at a comfortable level, while poor geniuses can stay at minimum wage.

https://www.nationalobserver.com/2019/07/10/opinion/governments-can-afford-make-student-debt-disappear-so-why-dont-they
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https://theantimedia.com/palestinian-boy-shot-head-israeli-forces/
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Thursday, July 11, 2019

July 11: Keep an eye on Iran.

For much of the nineteenth   century, Iran has been a democracy - if sometimes a limited one. Until right after World War Two, it was often a limited one - limited by the clerics and limited by the British who regarded Iranian oil as its own -free of charge.. That's why, after World War One, Britain forced Iran to supply all of the oil for all of the British fleet - forever. Britain also kept the people of Iran in poverty.
Well, that's what empires do. They plunder the resources of their colonies, and
they pay the colonists starvation wages.

As soon as World War Two ended, Iranians looked for a way   to get rid of British leeches. It turned to a man of democracy, and a man much concerned with providing social services for a nation that sadly lacked them.  His name was Mohammad  Mossadegh.

This did not please Britain or the U.S. Britain didn't matter much because Britain was getting kicked out of Saudi Arabia by 'friendly" U.S.. capitalists. And American capitalists were glad of the opportunity to take over from their American 'friends'. Mossadegh was overthrown was overthrown by the CIA, imprisoned for three years, then under house arrest for the rest of his life.

Nominal power was handed to the (unelected) Shah of Iran whose job was to do whatever Britain and the U.S. (mostly the U.S.) told him to do. Today, Iran is a democracy again   - though much controlled by it's clergy. (In this, it resembles the U.S. whose government is entirely controlled by its billionaires.)

The cause of all this interest in Iran was its rich, oil resources. And British (and now more importantly the U.S.) wants control over them.  Thus, Iran - like Venezuela - is not to be permitted to decided who to see its oil to. Nor is social legislation to be permitted. Empires like their subjects to be poor. (Britain, at its peak was immensely wealthy. It's very rich were the richest in the world based on plunder and cheap, cheap labour. But most of the British people got nothing from this. Most of the British lived in quite wretched poverty with children going to work for fifteen hours a day, six days a week at the age of six. The British slums in those days were generally regarded as the foulest in Europe.  (Check out working class salaries in the U.S. They have risen slightly in the last thirty or forty years- but the cost living has risen a lot faster.)  Despite Trump's boasting, Americans are actually getting poorer. But, like the British wealthy of a century ago, the wealthy are doing just fine.

The U.S. (and a shambling Britain) aim to drive Iran and Venezuela   into poverty. And what will Trudeau do? Canada really has no stake in this. But our  Liberals and Conservatives (backed by Canada's wealthy) want the U.S. to like them.        I think there is going to be a war over Iran. I think it very likely Canada will be asked to play a role.

But will The Canadian Legion rise to challenge this debasement of Canadian values? Will it rise to hold back Canadians who may well be asked to take part in murder that has nothing to do with them?

Not bloody likely

This something closer to the whole story on Iran. Funny how we haven't seen it in most of our news media..
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https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/trudeau-ford-education-cuts-1.5208212

This is much, much worse than it might seem.

Historically, most of us have lived in hierarchical worlds. There's the rich and the poor. World War 1, the British army was led by an incompetent ass. But he was was rich incompetent ass. So he remained in command.

Common soldiers? They just got killed.

The offspring of a Donald Trump and others like him will become rich. The offspring of the poor will become cheap labour.

And we will continue to suffer bad leadership. Public school determines the rest of our lives for most of us. Almost all of the kids in my elementary school were born poor, and would stay that way.  And neither they nor their parents expected anything better. The kids in pricey private schools  will grow up to be lawyers, executives - though often having no brains at all. It's simply expected of them.

The only way to break this cycle is to provide better public schooling. A premier like Doug Ford doesn't understand any of this. That's why he is destroying public schooling. That's why he's preserving a system that serves the rich but leaves  the rest floundering with no opportunity to develop..
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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jul/11/uk-ships-in-gulf-on-high-alert-after-royal-navy-trains-guns-on-iranian-ships

British and Americans are allowed to steal oil tankers. Iranians are not.
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https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jul/11/the-guardian-view-on-abortion-in-northern-ireland-standing-up-for-womens-rights

Christian thought - abortion is evil. bombing and starving babies to death is acceptable.
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https://www.dailypioneer.com/2019/columnists/iranian-war-is-unwinnable.html
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https://montrealgazette.com/opinion/columnists/dyer-bullied-by-the-u-s-iran-begins-slow-march-to-nuclear-weapons/wcm/5cd0c48d-026e-4637-85ab-05eb3929eb32?utm_term=Autofeed#Echobox=1562679270
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/07/10/cia-torture-unredacted-four-year-investigation-reveals-what-was-hidden-us-senate
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In my last blog, I was critical of  the NDP for its tameness. Here's the NDP view.

http://rabble.ca/columnists/2019/07/ndp-remains-committed-democratic-socialism-despite-claims-contrary
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http://rabble.ca/books/reviews/2019/07/new-book-challenges-mainstream-understandings-violence-latin-america
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http://rabble.ca/books/reviews/2019/07/new-book-challenges-mainstream-understandings-violence-latin-america
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/51891.htm

In it's looting of the world , big business has, as always, remember that the U.S. is a great place for them to loot.  Big business has no patriotism, no nation, no fellow citizens. All that counts is plunder. And if Americans starve and suffer - tough. They will abuse that as they happily abused and murder Afghans and Iranis.
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The Canadian government isn't doing a damn thing about keeping an eye on the wealthy.  Who woulda guessed?

https://www.nationalobserver.com/2019/07/11/news/advisors-storm-out-and-accuse-trudeau-government-dithering-corporate-watchdog
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https://www.nationalobserver.com/2019/07/11/news/new-brunswick-college-instructor-fired-after-taking-irvings-over-controversial

Yep. That's life under the irvings. I  remember it well. It's a family of no noticeable brains or morality. And it combines this vacuum with a stunning arrogance.
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https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/content/un-global-goals-climate-change/

Don't mean nuthin'. If it did, Mr. Irving would tell us. and he has high school leaving And two years of university courses in something.
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https://truthout.org/articles/washington-meddling-in-haiti-neglected-by-u-s-press/

Haiti. This is the place that the U.S. invaded to overthrow the elected government and set up a puppet president. And this is where kiss-kiss Canada sent "peackeepers" to make the U.S. seem generous. Neither the U.S. nor the Canadian press bothered to tell the truth about all this.
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https://truthout.org/articles/the-mainstream-media-wont-name-us-military-aggression/

The American (and most Canadian)  keep us in ignorance or worse. Across North America (and much of the rest of the world) the news media lie. The result is a public that is in ignorance .And that ignorance leads the public into war and mass murder.
 That has always been true. Not surprisingly, the reaction of government has not been  to become honest or to urge honesty on the news media. Quite the contrary, it attacks those who tell the truth. And that's going to get much, much worse (and dangerous for all of us).
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I had never watched Fox News after the first time I saw it. It was always a lying medium.  But I returned to to it a few days ago.  The lying is breath-taking.This is the worst news medium I have ever seen.It makes The Washington Post and    Canada;s National Post seem intellectual and honest.

    https://theintercept.com/2019/07/10/the-problem-at-fox-news-is-not-just-tucker-carlson-its-the-murdoch-family-that-owns-and-controls-the-network/
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There is goodness - dare I say real Christianity out there.

https://theintercept.com/2019/07/10/mediterranean-migrant-rescue-pia-klemp/

And no, she is not one of those southern evangelicals or (so far as I know, a traditional Christian. She may not be formally a Christian at all. But, oh, she's the model of what all those Christian hypcrites should be.
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https://www.voltairenet.org/article206955.html
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Tuesday, July 9, 2019

July 9:Very bad news

Iran has never threatened the U.S. But the U.S. has (illegally) pronounced who it will allow Iran to trade with. That illegal move is already causing suffering for Iran - including the children of Iran. Clearly, the U.S. wants a war with Iran. The death and destruction will be enormous. (Oh, it won't be enormous in the U.S. - just in Iran.)

Some Americans will die, though. These will come from the ranks of those Trump was praising on July 4 for their bravery in bombing schools, hospitals, children, - everything. Most of that will be done, of course, by bombing from the air. As a part of their bravery, they may even have the courage to go nuclear.

(The Iranians might come up with a bomb - but it would be a tiny  threat compared to the thousands of nuclear bombs the brave soldiers of the U.S. have. Nor is there the slightest possibility any Iranian nuclear bomb could reach the U.S.)

When did the U.S. last make war on Iran? That was way back when the U.S. with its faithful dog, Britain overthrew the elected government of Iran and installed the Shah as a dictator.  But those nasty Iranians overthrew the American dictator to restore a democracy.

Why are these nice, young American men preparing to bomb those evil Iranians again? Well, that's because all those nice American oil barons want to control Iran's oil, and install another nice dictator.  (In the years since 1945,  Iran hasn't attacked anybody. The U.S. has attacked at the very least some 60  or more countries, And, once again, the flunky of rich Americans (Britain,  - with a heavy attention to children and civilians,, and killing over 20 million.)

Israel, and Saudi Arabia) want to  get a piece of the action.

Will it demand that Canada join the parade? I hope not. I don't think so. Not for this one. But it will happen.

Hitler, you may be dead. But you are with us in spirit. So hum a divine chorus of God Bless America.
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Poor Donald Trump. Some people criticize him even as he's trying to do his best.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/jul/09/donald-trump-calls-theresa-may-foolish-as-diplomatic-row-escalates

The problem is he doesn't have a best.
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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jul/09/glacial-melting-in-antarctica-may-become-irreversible

And this is just one glacier.
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For some years, the U.S. has been destroying public education. And we have watched this spread into Canada. The pattern is enormously destructive. For most children, it is the only hope they have of becoming valuable and productive in our society. It is their only hope to escape poverty.  In broader terms, it is the only possibility for raising children out of that pit called the working class. And  Canadians are destroying it, partly because the very rich don't give a damn what happens to most children. So the very rich don't pay taxes

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2019/jul/09/world-leaders-damning-figures-education-helen-clark
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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jul/05/canada-pension-fund-divests-us-migrant-detention-firms
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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jul/05/o-captain-my-captain-sailors-who-risk-jail-to-save-migrants-lives
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The U.S., which constantly criticizes other countries for having nuclear programmes is itself the world's major producer of such weapons. It is the only one every to have used them. And it encourages the 'right sort' of countries  (Britain, Israel and Saudi Arabia  to have them.).

https://lfpress.com/opinion/columnists/dyer-bullied-by-the-u-s-iran-begins-slow-march-to-nuclear-weapons
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/07/09/completely-terrifying-study-warns-carbon-saturated-oceans-headed-toward-tipping

Hey. who are you going to believe? A billionaire oil executive?  A Conservative party hack? Or most of the world's scientists?
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http://rabble.ca/babble/canadian-politics/we-need-start-moving-people-away-coastal-areas-warns-scientist
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https://countercurrents.org/2019/07/migrant-detention-debate-new-york-times-hits-back-at-trump-claim-of-phony-story
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https://countercurrents.org/2019/07/the-riptide-of-american-militarism
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https://countercurrents.org/2019/07/heat-hit-alaska-baked-temperature-touched-record-mark

Ain't true. If it were, the Conservative Party would have told us.
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We have no money for our public schools. But, oh, we have it to spare for our private schools of the rich.

https://thetyee.ca/News/2019/06/03/British-Columbians-Want-End-To-Private-School-Subsidies/

I had a relative whose daddy had money - so my relative (who was spectacularly ignorant ) went to private school. When he graduated he was still ignorant - but it was, like, sophisticated ignorance.
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I'm afraid this next story is quite true. We are going to get nowhere with piddling changes to our system. The forces massed against us are huge. We cannot beat them with slingshots.

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https://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2019/07/08/Moderate-NDP-Has-Not-Worked/
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Reality.

https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/07/09/the-seizure-of-an-iranian-tanker-and-the-lethal-toll-of-sanctions/
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/51891.htm
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/51880.htm
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Too true.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/51874.htm

And that is only the beginning.
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Here is a reality that never appears in our commercial news media.

It's ugly. It's murderous. It's real.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5428.htm

And there are no  nice guys. 1945 was time to deal with this sort of brutality. But we didn't do it.
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In the last years of British rule in Hong Kong. I very much sympathize with their anger at Chinese rule. But let's  not kid ourselves. In those years of British rule, The British were detested (deservedly) by the Hong Kongers. As so often happens in these situations, the British were disgustingly arrogant, and with utter contempt of the people of Hong Kong. And there are no people to match the British in arrogance.

I knew perhaps the most powerful person in Hong Kong. He was a relative by marriage. He was British. And like all colonial rulers he had nothing but contempt for the common people of Hong Kong. For over a century, the British did nothing for Hong Kong except rob it blind.

It would be nice to see the people of Hong Kong get a break this time. But it's not likely.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/51882.htm
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https://www.nationalobserver.com/2019/07/09/news/exclusive-doug-ford-didnt-tell-you-ontario-cancelled-227-clean-energy-projects

Dog Ford - the ignorant, bastard premier of Ontario. I live in this province. I see news of him daily. Ontario is large, fairly prosperous, decently educated. How could it elect such an ass?
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https://truthout.org/articles/un-warning-that-climate-crisis-disasters-now-occur-weekly-provokes-calls-to-act/
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Americans really should read the truth about their history. (Well, all nations should show better knowledge of their own history than they do.) The U.S. lives in a version of its own history that is entirely false How else could they not know about the extraordinary  slaughter of it's own native peoples? It wasn't cutesy cowboys and Indians affairs.  It was a slaughter that lasted centuries 
and murdered so many millions of men, women and children (  Yes. those brave soldiers murdered millions of children by cutting their throats, crushing their skulls, shooting them...) It's on a scale of brutality  I have seen matched only in other empires - like Britain.

And evangelical Americans might get over their idiocy that God especially loves them - them and their long history of savagery against native peoples and slaves.
This is a nation drenched in delusions about itself, and about the "American Destiny.

We are well into the most dangerous period this Earth has ever known. And we are held there by men of monstrous greed. The end of World War 2 turned them loose. We forget all about creating a better world in 1945. And now, we aren't even trying to get that.                                                                       

We are in a situation far worse than our parents were in the early Hitler years.


Saturday, July 6, 2019

July 06: Sieg Heil!

The news media, for the most part have treated Trump's hymn of praise for the military as a triumph. Our Heroes.

It was no such thing.

We've seen this appeal before. It was developed by an Adoph Hitler who was trying to create the kind of heroes he wanted for the Germany he would create. And so the army became the highest expression of German pride.

I am really dismayed at the ignorance displayed by almost all of our press in not seeing this. The army becomes the model for the nation. And it's soldier's become saints.

In the first place, all of Trump's history was bunk. The American army through out history was driven by high motives? Doesn't he know that from 1776 to 1900 the American army happily slaughtered the men, women and children of it's native peoples? And at a time when the land was legally there's - and later when it was illegally taken from them? To tidy things up, toward the end, when there were still a lot of women an children to dispose of, the army drove them to the edge of extinction with the rapid fire of the gatling gun.  (How do you think they killed all those children after they had murdered their parents?)


In fact, almost the whole of American history consists  of slaughter and theft. So much for "our brave lads." Since the late part of World War 2, the U.S. has concentrated on mass murder of civilian sand children. That began at Dresden - then on to Hiroshima and Nagasaki and Korea which experienced the the worst terror bombing - deliberately aimed at women and children - in history. The U.S. has mass murdered women and children in Afghanistan - though it has no right to be there in the first place. The same is true of its invasion of Iraq.  ( In fact, the U.S. lied about its reason for being in that war - and had to invent another lie about 'weapons of mass destruction' that didn't exist.) And by far, most of the people killed in that war were women and children.

Splendid chaps. Some of them are based in Washington. Yes. And they get up in the morning to face the traffic and go to work for the days killing. Each will go into a room with an aircraft cabin. Seated in there, one can control the flight of aircraft a world away - the drone bombers. The American news media rarely mention this, but these are the ones who murder children in school, wedding parties, any gathering.

Trump calls these patriots and heroes. They are in fact, murdering bastards.

Then there were the 200,000 plus of Mayan people murdered by the CIA in Guatemala.  That has never even made the news.

The U.S., from its earliest days, has been a nation of murderers and thieves.

So let's forget this crap about the purity of their army.

By the way -  when was the last time the U.S. had an enemy on its soil?

It was the war of 1812. Nobody has attacked  the U.S. in over two centuries. So what's that big army for? It's to conquer the world for American billionaires, to impoverish the world for them. You want to cheer for that?. Go somewhere downwind..

Lavish parades of these hired killers are disgusting. And this display was to honour American democracy? What democracy? Americans are being plundered by their own business leaders and politicians.

And where does this take the rest of us?  It takes us back to Hitler. to the invention of enemies and, as we saw yesterday, this year's Hitler.
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Ah, yes, the American army may be making it's big play in  Iran.

The U.S. has forbidden Iran to sell oil to China. Sounds reasonable? Then you'll love the war this is taking us to. The U.S. has no  right, none, zip to tell Iran or  anybody else who it can trade with. None. Nada. Zip. It had no right to tell the British to 'kidnap' an Iranian oil ship. That's illegal. But they've done it.

Britain no longer rules the waves. No. Now, it just kisses the American ass - and waives the rules.

The same is true with the situation in Venezuela. The U.S. has no right to dictate who Venezuela can sell oil to. But we are all going to get screwed on this one.
Remember the pictures of Trump's parade yesterday? The people in that are the ones    who will kill us if we don't do that the oil barons say..

Yes. They will be demanding American control of Canada.
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Sieg heil!

The new Nazis are waiting.
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/07/05/we-are-climate-emergency-america-anchorage-hits-90-degrees-first-time-recorded
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http://rabble.ca/columnists/2019/07/trump-laying-path-new-nuclear-arms-race
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http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/alberta-diary/2019/07/military-parades-bands-tanks-some-thoughts-independence-day-and
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My computer is being bad. A large section has just disappeared. I have to take it in for - whatever.....
So I shall end here for the day.




Thursday, July 4, 2019

July 4: The Final Delusion

http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/journalism-doctor/2019/07/cartoonist-fired-after-trump-cartoon-goes-viral

In New Brunswick, where I lived for some 18 years, the Irving family is a name of contempt. They control - and abuse - just about everything in the province - and are utterly without any sense of obligation to the people of New Brunswick.
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_http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/david-suzuki/2019/07/we-can-resolve-climate-crisis

Yes, there is a    climate change crisis. Ever notice that most of those who say there isn't  are people with no research qualification whatever.  They are billionaires who make money out of oil . And they are slimy politicians of no qualifications whatever who have sold out to the oil billionaires.  Well, selling out is the only thing they're good at.

But here in Ontario, we don't pay any attention to the world's leading scientists. No. We listen to Premier Ford who is a high school graduate.
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https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/dc-fourth-july-parade-1.5199533

This may well be the most honest July 4 parade ever. The American revolution was never about freedom and democracy. From the start, it was about military force and mass murder and conquest. Years of peace of peace have been very, very rare.
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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jul/04/royal-marines-gibraltar-tanker-oil-syria-eu-sanctions

This was a ship carrying on a perfectly legal trade. The fact that the U.S. forbade it's doing so is irrelevant. The U.S. has no right to make such a statement. But the days of the British Empire are long over. And Britain has to kiss up to American will. As does Canada. (as in our kiss-up interventions in Afghanistan, Korea, Libya, Venezuela and Haiti - with more to come.,)

By this very foolish act, Britain has committed itself to join the U.S. in a war against Iran.
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The ruler of Brazil is one of the most destructive men in the world.And Trump just loves him.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jul/03/jair-bolsonaro-brazil-first-six-months-right-dismayed
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_https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jul/03/hong-kong-death-fighters-young-protesters-with-nothing-to-lose_

There is a desperation in this Resistance I would never have thought possible. And I see  no chance of it winning.
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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jul/04/boat-with-dozens-of-migrants-capsizes-off-tunisia-coast

A  hundred million people ae starving or in severe danger. And it's going to get much worse.Our earth has a catastrophe of death by starvation, by murder. We 've never seen anything like this before. Much of the tragedy has been caused by us and our capitalists. And, for the most part, we have refused to accept them - even as we hear of them drowning at sea. And this is going to get much, much worse.

But most countries, including Canada, are refusing to help them.  There's a wide range in the possibilities of help. There's help in escaping the lands where they are dying. There's help in rebuilding their existing societies. But we are   doing absolutely nothing - or as close to it as we can get. Why is that?

It's called racism.

And we've barely begun to see the horror of it.

(By the way, we all like to kid ourselves we are superior people. I took pride in my status as English. That was until I learned that my family was French. And before that it was Spanish. And, from  very early, I have the genes of an East Asian savage. Forget the crap about racial superiority in your blood.)
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http://rabble.ca/columnists/2019/07/trudeaus-climate-plan-dangerous-fraud

Read this one.  carefully....
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http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/linda-leons-blog/2019/07/deconstructing-conservative-partys-climate-plan

Will we make changes in time to say out planet and us? Not without far, far more vigorous action than I've seen.
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/07/03/citing-69-trillion-price-tag-2100-moodys-warns-central-banks-far-reaching-economic
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https://consortiumnews.com/2019/07/03/jingoistic-military-fetishization-is-as-american-as-bald-eagle-mcnuggets/

Like I said above.
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https://countercurrents.org/2019/07/july-4th-flag-is-a-bloodstained-symbol-of-falling-bombs-napalm-horrible-death-for-millions
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https://countercurrents.org/2019/07/democracy-is-a-sham
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https://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2019/06/28/Andrew-Scheer-Real-Bad-Climate-Plan/

Time is very short. There is no possibility that either the Conservatives or the Liberals will produce a useful plan to deal with climate change. That part is game over. Neither of them has done anything. Neither will do anything.

Our only hope is that the Greens and the NDP have to become a lot more aggressive than they have been. Well - and the necessary hope that the Canadian public will become far, far more aggressive and demanding.

We don't have until  2100 to deal with this. We may not have even until  2040 or so.
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/51862.htm

As I and many others have said many times.
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/51863.htm

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I watched most of Donald Trump's July 4 parades. It was pretty ghastly stuff. The theme, I suppose was that this was  a recognition that the US armed forces are what made American great.

Well, yeah. There's some truth to that. But he missed all the outstanding examples of it.

The U.S. army, mostly in the 19th century, murdered all but a tiny group of native peoples.  (Actually, it had no right under international law to do that. The native people were killed on their own territory. It was not part of the U.S. But Trump probably doesn't know that. In the end, the U.S. killed all but a few thousand - men, women and children - but the parades didn't mention that part, either.

Then the U.S. at the turn of the century murdered 3 million largely helpless people of The Philippines.

Then there was its empire-building across  Latin America where it murdered an unknown number. It admitted to killing 200,000 of the Maya people in Guatemala alone - and the numbers, which included Catholic priests, nuns, missionaries could have been twice that. And it murdered thousands in other countries - Cuba, Haiti, just about every country in Latin America.

To that, add the thousands  (at least) of babies starved to death in Yemen, to the million and a half most ly civilians murdered in Iraq.... Indeed, looking at sections of the parade, one could get the impression that most of the American military was made up of giggling housewives waving homemade flags.

Most of what American has to be proud of is murderers?

But none of these was reflected in Trump's parade of American heroes. The most bizarre one was a soldier wearing a red tunic and a bearskin hat. No American soldier EVER has warn such a uniform. In fact, this was simply a copy of the red tunics and bearskin worn by the guards at Buckingham Palace.

Militarily, the U.S. has been one of the most murderous nations in history. But none of that showed in Trump's parade of clowns. Nor was there anything to remind us of the primitive savagery in the mass murders of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.  But to Trump, these are outstanding figures of American history.

So much for its scientists, its medical people, its public school teachers (who are being dumped on anyway)....But that's where any greatness of America lies - not at the end of a bayonet sinking into the body of a child.

Well, it doesn't matter,  anyway. In a very short time, perhaps in as little as 25 years we might well have destroyed ourselves.









                                                               

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

July 2: My tragedy.

Today, I spent at least 6 hours writing this blog. Then, in some accident I don't understand, I lost it all. I've done that before - but this time I just don't have it in me to do it all over again. Yes, I am seriously retarded as a computer user.
But I'll just redo this bit. 

We'll never know how many were killed at Hiroshima and Nagasaki. We'll never know because no American government ever has or ever will tell us what it knows about that attack. The statements we get  have always emphasized the power of the explosion, with no sense of it's human impact.

Hiroshima were almost certainly, the greatest mass murder in history. It was probably also the greatest murder of innocent civilians in just two attacks in history.

Well, of course it was. But you'll notice that most accounts of the attack stress the power of the bombs - not the impact on the people.

The US, like Britain, has a long history of murdering innocent civilians. When it attacked the Philippines in 1900, it killed at least 3 million - with no distinctions between men, women, children. It  had just finished the mass murder of its native peoples - men, women, children, babies.  Then Churchill picked up this mass murder of civilians in the 1920s, sending the RAF to bomb undefended Kurd villages. (There were no soldiers to defend them.)

Hitler picked it up in bombing civilians in the Spanish civil war. Then, Britain, the U.S. and Canada bombed the German city of Dresden which had almost  no defenses - and few military targets.

From that, the sky was the limit. In the Korean War, the U.S. deliberately bombed civilians and children on a scale never seen before. It followed that with its assaults on Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Iraq.... Women and children were the deliberate targets.

But the nuclear bombs really opened the door. And the U.S., for obvious reasons, has never told its people why killing of women and children in those cities was deliberate. Why?

No. It wasn't to force a Japanese surrender and save American lives. There was no doubt about it. The surrender was  coming very, very soon. Japan knew it. The U.S. knew it.  So why that massive destruction?

It was because the Japanese were in deep trouble in China. Russian troops, freed from the German war, were ready to move on China, the great and profitable source of British wealth. But U.S. billionaires wanted Britain's China. That - and not Pearl Harbour -  is why the U.S. got into the Pacific war in the first place.  

How to speed up the surrender?  - a massive killing of Japanese civilians (in two cities that had no military clout)

And ever since then, the U.S. has been vague about the butcher's bill for those two targets - and it never, never mentions the women and children who died there.

Could the same thing happen to Iran? Almost certainly. For all it's size and military power, the U.S. has not distinguished itself in war since 1945. (One thinks here of Vietnam and Afghanistan.)  And Iran could well be a tough target.